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(THIS IS KNOWN AS) THE BLUES SCALE - Sonic Youth doc/footage with spanish subtitles

"While planning the eventual DVD release for "1991: The Year Punk Broke", Dave Markey cut a 42-minute film out of unused footage to create a companion piece that would be included on the DVD. However, due to years of seemingly unresolveable legal issues, the DVD remains shelved." Text from Sonic Youth’s site


20 Years of Sonic Youth Documentary made for (by?) zdf (a German broadcaster)

parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,7.


Sonic Youth - Put More Blood Into the Music (somewhat out of sync sound and vid)
1987’s “Put More Blood Into the Music” is an impressionistic documentary directed by George Atlas about Sonic Youth and the city that bred them, New York. With Lydia Lunch, Kramer, John Zorn, Gerard Cosley and more.


Part Two - 1991: The Year Punk Broke, Screening @ Flywheel

From Thurston Moore’s pre screening talk, talking about his role in “1991: The Year Punk Broke” 4/11/2011

Thurston: “I’m not very happy with the way… maybe I speak personally but I feel there’s a certain complacency going on. i know that I was experimenting this time with not wanting sing the lyrics as they were writ but I was making them each time we were going out on stage; thinking that was something to do. maybe boredom i dunno what it was at the time. When I saw the film that they did at the time I was mortified how kinda lame that sounded. And I was also really very mortified and embarrassed to see myself in this film… I sort of became the master of ceremonies to the point of where i’m just sorta mugging inanely… I thought it was horrible I didn’t want the movie to come out.”


Making Of Murray Street 1, 2, 3


Sonic Youth on Q TV
Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo Interview 2009(?).


Beck, Mike D. and Thurston Moore… jam?
Mike D. sez in the pre interview that he’s going on tour with Oprah Winfrey and Donovan; and that his mom is paging him.

Mike Watt and Thurston Moore interview April 30, 1992 Part 1 - YouTube

Rumpus: Jumping back to process for a second, do the words come after you’ve already developed vocal melodies?

Garbus: Yes. And often that means that [sings wordless melody] is how it starts. “Blah blah blah blah blah, gangsta.” It starts way more with the sounds of the words and the sounds of the vocal melody than trying to shove words or ideas into a melody.

— From “The Rumpus Interview With Merrill Garbus Of Tune-Yards

Been watching videos certain bands/people from the earliest to the most recent that I can find on YouTube. I’ve become fascinated, not only with certain people, but also (more?) with the differences/changes/all that stuff that one can see through time. Also seeing media and stuff change over time — interviewing styles, show formats, stuff off VHS — analogue distortions an’ that; and language habits — the use of the word “like”.

This past day or so I’ve been watching Devo related things. Here are links and some quotations too, where I could be bothered —

Devo Live at Kent State University in 1973 playing “Private Secretary”, so description sez. There’s something curious about this video. Not sure what.

This is black and white video of Devo live in 1977 playing “Mongoloid” and “Gut Feeling”.

Started watching this gig from 1980 (Petaluma, California) which I haven’t yet finished watching (just over 1 hr 15 mins long).

Mark Mothersbaugh at Subcon 1981/2 ish on Subgenius stuff. And at the end of the interview —

(8 min 38)
Interviewer What does your mother think about what you’re doing?
Mark : She just wants to know if I’m eating all right
Interviewer : Are you?
Mark : Well, I get fed every day.
Interviewer : So she’s not worried about you?
Mark : No, her brain was stolen by Christ a long time ago so she has no idea what I’m doing…”


Devo in 1981 interview with Robert Hilburn talking about the “Whip It” video —

(3 min 14)
Hillburn : Is it almost like a silent triumph… you were trying to stir people up with this thing, the fact that it did stir them up is that… in some kind of perverse way is that almost a kind of pleasure for you?”
Casale : (laughs) I suppose yes, perverse. It certainly wasn’t meant to be received in the way it has been received.


DEVO on Late Night With David Letterman, 5/3/1983 (the whole segment inc. “That’s Good” in lower quality here) Mark in this vid. reminds me of Robert (Cure) Smith ‘cept with glasses, also I noticed that he appears to have shaved armpits.

(9 min 10)
Letterman : What do you guys hope in the future, five years from now, for yourselves?
Casale : Oh you know maybe, like, make a record that sells enough that we could subject ourselves to recombinant DNA experiments or something like that.
L : Well gosh, good luck…”

(5 min16)
Casale : We do things to ourselves before other people can do them to us, kinda self-demeaning — it’s basically the Devo aesthetic.

Jerry Casale’s oral history of DEVO part 1 — description sez “Unseen interview from 1995 for rock ‘n roll history television documentary” not sure how many parts there are to this doc., I’ve not watched them all yet. On becoming politicised, doing performance art, forming Devo.
Part 2 — on not being punk, making the videos, “being smart and appearing stupid”

Devo playing Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy 1996 Irvine Meadows California

Mark Mothersbaugh in 2005 on getting spectacles and being able to see clearly for the first time, becoming a visual artist, meeting Jerry Casale, starting Devo. Mentions the student shootings in 1970 that Casale talks about (in the oral history link above).

An Interview with Devo from 2009 (?) —
On Brian Eno (producer of the first Devo album)

(1 min 58)
Mark : He had a very fatherly approach to the whole thing, he could have been a jerk and he wasn’t. He was very empathetic to five crazy guys from Akron Ohio that really…
Bob Casale: Had their minds set on something.
Mark : Yeah, and he kind of gave us the ability to do it. He empowered us by taking us to Germany and putting us up in a studio when we didn’t have a record deal.
Interviewer : So are you gonna work with him on the new album?
Bob C : He hasn’t called
Mark : You know, he’s a funny guy. I had a conversation with David Byrne about him. David said, ‘you know, I worked with him (Brian) a number of times, but I gotta tell you, if he doesn’t have a specific need to talk to you he hides from you and he doesn’t take my calls, he won’t talk to me.’ So I didn’t feel so bad then.


Inside DEVO’s Studio with Mark Mothersbaugh in 2010 Instruments, synths, circuit bent stuff. More vids on this page. Mark sez he uses Logic (software).

Mark Mothersbaugh interviewed at the 2011 BMI Film & Television Awards
after talking about the composing work he’s been doing with Wes Anderson and other film and TV music talks about what else he’s been up to —

(0 min 40)
Mark: I don’t know if you know, I have a band and we put an album out last year, so I’ve been touring some and finding out how shocking it is to go out on stage for like 3 or 4 weeks in a row every night compared to when you’re 20; it’s different when you’re 20. Honestly, it kinda sucks. I like the part where you’re on stage, but the rest of the day is such a waste cos you’re being corralled into airplanes and then into cars and then backstage and then you’re waiting to do a show. And then you do a show for 90 mins and the rest of your day is a waste…”

(2 min 40)
Mark : It’s kinda weird to find yourself to be an elder statesman in pop music…”


I watched more stuff than this. And there’s even more that I could have watched, but by then I had a headache.

'Scuse typos, mis-linked links 'n whatever.

(4 min 54 long) Clip from last night’s Huw Stephens Show on Radio 1.

Austin from Swim Deep talks about the Birmingham scene. Mentions Peace, Troumaca, and the National Sea Life Centre (not a band).

Austin : “I think there was just like a whole generation of us just going out and getting wasted, but just like “this is boring, let’s do something else”. And cuz there’s so many of us all together doing it then I think obviously there’s a scene that’s collected; and it is a genuine scene because we are all buddies. It’s pretty cool…”

Sez they’re on tour with Pond; talks about writing a song about Jenny Lee Lindberg from Warpaint.

Podcast with that interview and session tracks is available to download for a month (I think) on this page, tho probably not till later today (it’s 02:10 as I write this.) And show on iPlayer for a week.


As a disclaimer, I don’t know much about these bands at all, and I’m not really following their exploits. I wonder why I post about this.

Words from a David Byrne (and Brian Eno) Interview; they are talking about their collaboration on Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

(at about 4 min 45) on writing lyrics to Eno’s vocalless songs.

Byrne : “I’ll scat sing a melody over Brian’s instrumental tracks and if it seems like it’s a good melody, I’ll then try and come up with words that match the meter and phrasing and the implied feeling or whatever of that melody. And sometimes the only way to do that it to just, I find, is to come up with anything that fits, anything at all.”

(at 3 min 07) on playing a MIDI bit on one of the songs

Eno : “Well I played it, and then fixed it up basically. That’s what I normally do, i play a movement, a feeling and the notes are of course all wrong, so then I just go through the MIDI file getting the notes right. So I’ve got the rhythmic feel I want.”


I haven’t yet listened to the album yet though.

We’ll write a bit of music and sing over the top. Then we’ll tidy up the music and write some new vocals. Then we’ll write a new piece of music and sing the new vocals over the top. And then when it’s about to be released we won’t like it anymore, and record a different song with the same name so we dont have to change the artwork.

— Helen Love from An Interview with Helen Love

I find myself sometimes, searching the YouTube for interviews with people. I’ve been watching some interviews with David Byrne. Here are words from it.

David Byrne on Letterman
(2 min 54) on the Talking Heads album Speaking in Tongues album

Letterman : “you wrote the lyrics; you originally just started out with sounds and then substituted words”
Byrne : “yeah, I originally sang nonsense and made words to fit that, that worked out alright

some people are really good at writing little stories, I don’t find that as easy.”